Ball Four

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Jim Bouton, Leonard Shecter
Wiley, Jul 26, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 472 pages
278 Reviews
Twentieth-anniversary edition of a baseball classic, with a new epilogue by Jim Bouton.

When first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and "social leper." Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue. Fans, however, loved the book. And serious critics called it an important social document. Today, Jim Bouton is still not invited to Oldtimer's Days at Yankee Stadium. But his landmark book is still being read by people who don'tordinarily follow baseball.

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Bouton has a sharp wit and easy writing style. - Goodreads
Just kind of a meandering, plodding pace. - Goodreads
Bouton is a good writer. - Goodreads
Plus, he's a pretty funny damn writer.) - Goodreads
The writing is not dated at all. - Goodreads
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My favorite baseball book. I must have read it before the start of every baseball season.

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Like a lot of people, the first baseball book I enjoyed was Michael Lewis' "Moneyball." That book's depiction of the way that "baseball men," like all men who have given themselves to an institution ... Read full review

Contents

part2 My Arm Isnt Sore Its Just A Little Stiff
11
appendix Tell Your Statistics To Shut Up
399
BALL SIXTwenty Years Later
439
Copyright

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About the author (1990)

Jim Bouton, former major league pitcher, is now a writer, businessman, motivational speaker and ace pitcher for a semipro baseball team near his home in Teaneck, New Jersey.

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